Local carers recognised for going the extra mile for dignity

Left to right: Ron Jeffries, Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and wellbeing, Julie Jeffries

Young people, family carers, community groups and organisations from across Staffordshire have been recognised at the county’s Dignity in Care Awards.

Over 200 guests were joined by family members and work colleagues for the annual celebration held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts.

The Staffordshire County Council awards recognise care services and individuals who Ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect.

Several awards were presented including local winners Daniel West, aged 11 from Barlaston, who was named “The Young Dignity Champion” for recognising outstanding individuals who act as an example to others.

The Leadership Award went to Stone-based Ron and Julie Jeffries from Allan House and Oaklea House.

The awards were presented by Alan White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and wellbeing, and MBE Jan Burns, The National Dignity Council Chair

Alan said:

“Our Dignity in Care Awards give us a great ­­­opportunity to celebrate and thank the thousands of carers who do a wonderful job, always going that extra mile for the people they look after.

“Once again it was great to see such a mix of carers and roles, from those working in large carer organisations to those in  specialist care homes and especially the army of informal carers looking after family members and relatives.

“What impresses me most about our awards are the individual stories and the commitment that people make to their families and to their clients.  I would like to thank all our carers for their contributions and hope they can enjoy their awards.”